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RATINGS: 2130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   IBU: 90   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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Weíre brewers whose substantial mettle and idiomatic approach to brewing allows us to consistently create works of art such as this justifiably self righteous ale. Its bitterness hits our sweet spot. Its blackness lightens our hearts. Its liquid dichotomy pulls it all together in this sublimely sacrosanct ale. Yes, we damn well know our stuff here at Stone, and it would be irresponsible of us not to acknowledge how remarkable this heavenly creation of ours is. Thus the name we are compelled to give it ... Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale ... serves as a reminder of just how good we are, in both liquid and verbal form. We re certainly not perfect. Too often, we allow our modesty to get the best of us as we re simply not inclined towards senseless braggadocio. When youre good, youre good. And when you do something great, the least you can do is acknowledge it. Others benefit from knowing. In this case, we find that we are compelled to point out how amazing this beer is that we rightly call the Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale.

First brewed in 2007 as Stone 11th Anniversary Ale, this beer was an instant hit. With us. Other folks with great taste loved it too, but we were focused on how much we liked it, and we felt it was truly sublime. That euphoria didnt last long though, as it was soon replaced with the grim reality that when we sold out of it there wouldnt be any more. For Us. And that was simply unacceptable. So, we are now blessing ourselves, and you the enlightened, with this beer on a full time basis.. Thusly, you may now revel in your own self righteousness as you see fit with this glorious example of ours. You are genuinely welcome, as it is our pleasure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Bottle from Windy City Liquor. Very dark in color upon pouring. Somewhat sweet hoppy aroma. Smells like a hoppy ale. Quite hoppy in flavor. Dominated by bitterness with a roasty malty flavor underlying. Like a really hopped up stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Bottle: Pours a dark almost black brown, totally opaque with a big fluffy grayish tan head. Aroma of some roasted malts and floral hops. Flavor is maltyand roasty. Chocolatey and creamy body and flavor with plenty of hops to go around. Medium bitterness. Hops are pretty much all floral and flowery with a slight hint of citrus mostly obscured by the roasty coffee and chocolate. I am amazed at how well these flavors go together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2008 Pours nearly black with deep garnet highlights to the lights with a beige, mostly full, creamy-pillowy head; longevity is great and lacing is appealing. Nose is decent and quite fragrant with noticable alcohol; notes of pine, grapefruit peel, dark chocolate, and toasted notes with a hint of smoke. Flavor is less like an IPA then the nose would have suggested, it has more malt depth. Pine is noticed first but filters into the background behind grapefruit and grapefruit rind, burnt caramel, and dark chocolate. As the flavor progresses, the malts become darker and almost roasty in character and the hops keep lingering pine resins and grapefruit peel. Palate is prickly at the start, moderately full, soft to lively, warm, and round, a bit velvety. Palate would be perfect for an IIPA but seemed not quite enough to handle the dark malt notes. By the finish the pine is almost cedar-like, grapefruit peel is still there, and a smoke note is found as well; also, the light roast adds to the hops and decent alcohol warmth to create a moderately high, somewhat dry bitterness. Black IPA (or IIPA) is a great description as opposed to Imp stout or Baltic porter; the hops donít just add bitterness but plenty of complexity as they do in IIPAís. Certainly unique and well constructed with dark malt depth and plenty of hop character. Stone just continues to extend the boundaries of beer styles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - SEP 12, 2007
22 oz bomber. Surprisingly dark beer. Pretty solid in terms of appearance. The flavor is essentially a hoppier version of Arrogant Bastard. Whats most amazing about this beer is that I put down this bomber in a matter of minutes and was surprised to read that this is nearly 9% ABV The alcohol is REALLY well hidden. Again, Stone shows why they are a leader in the craft beer market.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Deep brown/black. Nice head and lace. Nose of resiny hops, fat malts with hints of toast and roast and a wee bit of chocolate. Full bodied, well developed malts but make no mistake, its a hop bomb, the burps start immediatley. Very nice twist on things, the slightly sweet dark malts and mild roast really do balance and add nice character. Nice job!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Bomber from MCAS Miramar Marine Mart: The darkest of brown, almost black with a medium light brown head. Aroma is barley wine sweet like an imperial IPA with a touch of pine. Flavor starts rich and sweet with a little burnt caramel followed by a light porter like bitterness, a hint of chocolate and a kinda dry grapefruit rind finish. Medium-full body is rich and smooth with moderate carbonation. Good job Steve!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Goblincat (382) - Westland, Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Pours a nice deep brown with a thin brown head. The aroma is a mix of hops and a light amount of citrus. The taste is a hoppy, grapefruit, and a bit of roasted malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Bottle: Pours a dark brown with a khaki head. Some lacing. Aroma, piny, caramel, toasted malts, some citrusy hints. Flavor, caramel, light roasted flavors, with a nice piny hop kick. Sweet with a nice hop kick to it, roasty, piny bitterness on the finish. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2009 New bomber - Stone 11th Anniversary. Deep brown pour, opaque in the glass. Medium head, fair lacing, little retention. Aroma is piny hops and dark roasted malts. I was a little worried that this was going to be another highly hopped stout like FFF Black Sun, since the commercial description mentions stouts and porters. But happily, itís not.
Taste is hop forward, with roasty malts coming after. Pine and citrus with roasted, coffee like malts. Malts are very subtle, but definite, and add an unstout like roastiness. Unique. Very tasty. Stoneís still got it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Dark brown, with a full tan head. Ample aromas. Flavor combines dark fruits, light roast from the malt, with citrusy, rich hop flavors. I usually donít like big roast and hops, but this is different and in itís own league. Tastes similar to Double Bastard and Arrogant Bastard to me. Stone is right, the malt and hops are both well pronounced, but they donít clash at all. Very nicely balanced, as well as a "Black IPA" can be...this beer feels refined in every way.

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